Prior to the start of this class I thought of personality as the way people act. Personality was to me the way people reacted to their surroundings. By this I mean what happenings make a person mad, sad, and happy, etc. I always thought a person s sense of humor was a big part of their personality. A person s personality came from their environment. Personality would come from who raised the person, how they were raised, and the different experiences they had throughout their lives. I always believed that a personality is always forming, changing, and is up to the person to decide how they would change it. I came to understand personality this way because of how I am. I was raised in a strict household. Even though it was strict we had so much fun and we sure do think we are funny. There is/was a lot of sarcasm, energy, and hard work in my family. My parent have been together since they were teenagers. With strong influences and strong personalities I became very much like my dad. As I have gotten older I have been able to identify personality traits that I changed as I matured because I didn t like the way it made me feel. For example, I was very impatient. As I have gotten older I have realized how stressful and draining it can be to be that impatient, therefore I have learned to let the things go that do not affect me directly or that are too little to make a difference. After watching the videos, listening to the podcast, and reading I have learned that I am right in my definition of personality BUT there is a lot more to it. Out of the seven explanations expressed in the video What s Personality Psychology All About? my definition covered Trait Theory. Trait theory is states that personality is predetermined; you are what you are born to be with no free will of this choice. My definition also covered Humanism and Social Learning theories. These two I feel go together very nicely as they explain that you grow into who you are and that you are what others teach you to be. As I get older I love the explanation of existentialism with complete free will to just be yourself. To conclude you need all 7 explanations to build your personality. Trait Theory-Predetermined Psychoanalysis-Unconscious forces Behaviorism-Conditioned behavior Social Learning-Influenced by environment Humanism-Grow uniquely human Existentialism-You are yourself, enough to just be Cognitive Theory-You are in charge of your life/personality please comment on trait theory in contrast to humanism reference .Friedman, H., & Schustack, M. (2012). Personality: Classic theories and modern research (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Higher Education.